Rutgers and Illinois meet in a Big Ten game Saturday, October 14, 2017. Find game time, TV channel and how to watch online information below. The game is a clash between the Big Ten East and the Big Ten West Divisions.
Last year, when the two teams met in the same Week 7 matchup, the Fighting Illini bested the Scarlet Knights 24-7. This year, the Scarlet Knights come into Champaign, Ill, at 1-4 and are tied for sixth in the Big Ten East, while the Illini are 2-3 and are fifth in the Big Ten West.
The Scarlet Knights come in off a bye week after falling to Ohio State in Week 5, while the Illini fell to Iowa last Saturday. Below, find Rutgers-Nebraska time, TV channel, streaming information and odds.
Rutgers-Illinois football TV channel, time, live stream
Rutgers and Illinois are playing on the Big Ten Network. You can find the Big Ten Network with this channel finder.
Date: Saturday, Oct. 14
Time: 12 p.m. ET
TV channel: Big Ten Network
Location: Memorial Stadium, Champaign, Illinois.
Odds: Illinois -2.5
Rutgers and Illinois can also be streamed live online through the Big Ten Network’s btn2go.com.
Rutgers-Illinois football odds, picks
Both teams come into the game having lost at least their last two games, with the Scarlet Knights last win coming on Sept. 16 over Morgan State and the Illini’s last victory taking place on Sept. 9 over Western Kentucky.
Illinois is favored to beat the Scarlet Knights by 2.5 points. The over/under is also at 48 points. The Scarlet Knights and the Illini have only 3 meetings all-time. In 2005, Illinois won 33-30 at home. The two programs met the next season, with Rutgers winning 33-0 at home in 2006. Rutgers and Illinois didn’t meet again until last season. Last year’s game was also the teams’ first game as Big Ten teams. Illinois won big at Rutgers, 24-7, on the road. That was one of only two Big Ten wins for Illinois last season, as Rutgers finished conference play 0-9.
Rutgers and head coach Chris Ash have a little bit more certainty and direction now than they might had previously, as Athletics Director Pat Hobbs got a contract extension through the 2021-22 season. As for on the field though, they’ll need a lift and hope to get one with the possible return of talented wide receiver and kick returner Janarion Grant, who led the team in all-purpose yardage and sat out against Ohio State.
The squad will also have to limit its turnovers, as starter Kyle Bolin has six interceptions to just three touchdown passes. As a whole though the offensive unit has fumbled just three times and only lost it once, while the defense has forced seven fumbles and procured the ball twice.
For the Illini, they’ll be counting on quarterback Jeff George Jr. to step it up from his first start last week in a loss to Iowa. George Jr. was named the starter before the game with the Hawkeyes and was 22-of-45 in the game for 246 yards, but threw three interceptions as well. Fumbles have also been a problem for the Illini, as they’ve put the ball on the ground nine times, though they’ve only lost it once. Their defense has also been a fumble-producer with nine forced fumbles and four recoveries.
Both teams have struggled to run the ball, with the Illini’s Mike Epstein coming in as the leading rusher, averaging 6.1 yards per carry but having only three touchdowns to show for it. Gus Edwards is the leading rusher for the Scarlet Knights with 314 yards and averages 4.2 YPC with two scores, but it’s clear the team uses a number of backs with nine touchdowns on the ground.
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